Making a Digital Info Sign

My son has a habit of asking what’s on about 15 times day, and if that weren’t bad enough, he often comes into my office and uses my work computer to look at the calendar. Something had to be done. I’ve seen a lot of digital signage projects (and ‘magic mirror’ projects) on Reddit so I started planning. A Raspberry Pi would easily display the data, and I wondered if I could get a display with a built in USB port to make the wiring neat. It turns out you can, as long as you’re prepared to settle for a...

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How to Free up Space on Your Mac- 2017

This is one of the most popular posts we have, especially now that low capacity SSDs are everywhere. It’s been updated from the 2013 version to reflect the current state of play with tips for Sierra etc. Enjoy!   This article came about because of a client who is overseas. He wrote me an email saying that he couldn’t figure out where all of the space on his MacBook Air SSD had gone. This question doesn’t have a simple answer, so I’m writing this to help him, and everyone else out. Here’s the problem- There are...

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More Storage for Tiny Disks

Let’s face it, Apple has been pretty stingy with the size of the SSD drives that they put in their machines. Although that is changing now, a lot of people are quite happy with their MacBook Air or MacBook Pro- apart from the fact that the drive is always full. This is particularly painful if you’ve bought an 11″ machine with a 64gb drive or a 13″ with a 128gb drive. Also remember that wear levelling gets harder and harder as your drive gets more full, meaning that your drive may prematurely die…. To buy a larger...

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My Email is Down!

This is one of the most common support issues we face, so it’s worthwhile exploring a few solutions. Usually, the server is working fine and the issue can be traced to one of a number of other gremlins. So, how do we figure out exactly what has gone wrong? Warning- if you use the wrong username and password combo too many times, or other reasons– the server may ban you. So even if you get the credentials correct, you still won’t be able to log on! Don’t just guess passwords- look them up using Keychain Access Step 1....

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Phishing Grows Up?

This morning I got an email ostensibly from American Express, asking me to set up a ‘SafeKey’ to add an extra level of protection to my online purchases.   It looks legit. One of the first things I do is hover my mouse pointer over the supplied link- often the link will say it goes to Amex but the tooltip that appears when you hover says something like http://nastymalware.com/fakeamexsite.html and you know it’s fake. This one goes to amexssafekey.com (don’t click on that by the way!) That’s interesting,...

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DeployStudio Cram Notes

I’ve been toying with DeployStudio for a little while now and am growing to love it. However I find myself referring back to this video a lot because it has a lot of detail without a lot of fluff.   In order to improve the signal to noise ratio even further, here are my shorthand notes on how to set up a DeployStudio server- I made the notes because it is kind of annoying to have to start and stop a 20 minute video all the time, these notes allow me to blast through each step as fast as I can read. OK not quite that fast…..   Pre...

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